Adelaide’s leading

Martial Arts Academy

MMA Classes For Adults & Kids

JOHN ALFORD Martial Arts Adelaide

Martial Arts Classes For Kids & Adults

Why Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy?

Build Fitness and Strength

Increase Confidence and Self-Esteem

Improve Concentration, Focus and Behaviour

Develop a Strong Mind, Spirit and Body

Learn Self-Defence and make yourself Bully-Proof

Join your kids up and make them Bully-Proof

Achieve your Black Belt


Tugra Shan Martial Arts has been helping adults, kids and families excel in martial arts for over 23 years.  With a mix of Kickboxing, Karate, Self-Defence, Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Weapons you can learn self-defence in a fun, safe and all-inclusive environment.

We also have our Womens Kickboxing, Self-Defence, Fitness class on Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm.

At Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy, experience the power of karate, kickboxing, jujitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu where you will learn the arts of striking, kicking, trapping, grappling, takedowns and submissions. You will develop the martial arts indomitable spirit that will give you the power to transform your life through confidence, self-defence skills and self-mastery!

Kickboxing at Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy is more than just a workout. It’s a dynamic blend of punches, kicks and combinations that will push your limits and transform your fitness levels.

Discover the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy where technique triumphs over size and strength. Our very own Professor Marcio Maia, from Brazil, will guide you through our step-by-step process of grappling, takedowns, submissions, locks, escapes and ground-based self-defence.

In a world where strength, skill and self-defence are paramount, there’s one place that guides adults and kids to mastery! Welcome to Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy where adults and kids find their path to self-defence expertise through our step-by-step learning process. At Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy we believe in laying a solid foundation where we take you through a systematic approach, giving you both confidence and self-defence skills at every step!

At Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy we understand that every person and kids’ journey is unique. That’s why we provide a supportive and inclusive environment where you can strive and learn at your pace. Embark on your journey today, join Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy today and experience the transformative power of martial arts through our step-by-step learning process. Kancho John Alford


Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy has transformed my self defence skills. The instructors break everything down making it so easy to understand and progress. Tom Palmer

I never thought I could learn martial arts as an adult, but Tugra Shan Martial Arts has proved me wrong. It has given me the confidence to be able to protect myself!  Emma Unger

The step-by-step learning process at Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy helped me build a solid foundation. I can see my progress and feel myself getting better with every class. James Woodhouse

Kancho John Alford doesn’t just talk the talk he walks the walk. He motivates his students to succeed not just in Martial Arts but in everyday life. I have tfound him to be inspirational, he brings out the best in all his students. Michael Day

Free Martial Arts Lesson

From beginners marial arts to experienced black belts we welcome you to enjoy your first martial arts class for free.

Unlimited MMA Training

Pay one low monthly fee and
train up to 3 times per week.

Martial Arts Family Discounts

Generous sibling and family discounts to
make MMA classes affordable for the whole family.

Womens Kickboxing, Self-Defence, Fitness Class run by Female Instructor

Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm at Antonio Catholic School gym

Entry via the Rear Car park at 25 Stanley St Morphett Vale SA 5162

Martial Arts Private Tuition - To Book Contact John 0410 859 775

Great rates on one-on-one or small group private martial arts tuition.

Martial Arts Classes in Christies Beach, Morphett Vale & Reynella


Juniors 5.30pm - 5:30pm (term time only)

Adults 6.30pm to 7:30pm (term time only)


Reynella East College Primary gym

Gate 3 Car Park, 63 Malbeck Dr Reynella East


Juniors 5.00pm to 6pm (term time only)

Adults 6pm to 8pm (All year) including Kickboxing, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Womens Kickboxing, Self-Defence, Fitness 6pm to 7pm/  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Adults 7:15pm to 8pm

Antonio Catholic School gym

Entry via the Rear car Park at 25 Stanley St Morphett Vale


Juniors 5.30pm - 6:30pm (term time only)

Adults 6.30pm to 8pm (term time only).
Adults Martial Arts Class and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Professor Marcio

Christies Beach Primary gym

Cnr of Price St & McKay Ave, Christies Beach SA 5165

Tugra Shan Martial Arts

Tugra Shan Martial Arts teaches a broad range of self-defence skills, so you’ll be able to defend and protect yourself against attacks.  Our lessons combine techniques from a range of different martial arts styles, so whether you are attacked from the front or behind, standing or on the ground, armed or unarmed you can confidently take control of the situation.

Learn With A Martial Arts Master

All classes are taught by Kancho (Head of the Academy) John Alford, a renowned martial arts master with over 45 years’ experience.  John is passionate about martial arts and has devoted his life to mastering and teaching it.

6 Black Belts & 8th Degree Black Belt In Tugra Shan

Kancho John has 6 black belts in 6 different disciplines (2 x Karate styles, Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Filipino Stick fighting, 2 x Jujitsu Styles).  He holds a 8th degree black belt in Tugra Shan which is incredibly rare and this reflects his lifelong dedication to the discipline.

Find out more about John & our other martial arts teachers

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Modern Martial Arts Academy

At Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy we pride ourselves on offering world-class coaching provided by professional, caring and highly qualified teachers.  As a modern martial arts academy, we are always innovating and enhancing our syllabus to reflect the latest cutting-edge techniques being developed for realistic, reality-based self-defence.

More than Just Self-Defence

When you learn a martial art, you learn so much more than self-defence. Tugra Shan is a great way to build life skills, confidence, character, fitness, and strength. We make all classes exciting, dynamic and fun whilst cultivating key skills such as self-discipline, self-respect and self-control to help diffuse and manage conflict.


Adults Martial Arts Classes

Tugra Shan classes cater for complete martial arts beginners through to advanced students and are suitable for all fitness levels and ages. Adults’ classes are exciting, dynamic, fun and include fitness and strength conditioning. All adult martial arts classes contain a mix of kickboxing, karate techniques, self-defence and jujitsu. Plus, there are also optional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, stick fighting & Japanese swordsmanship classes.

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Womens Kickboxing, Self-Defence, Fitness Class

Wednesdays 6pm to 7pm at Antonio Catholic School gym

Entry via the Rear Car park at 25 Stanley St Morphett Vale SA 5162

Womens KFS Kickboxing, Fitness, Self-Defence, Class Wednesdays 6pm

Tugra Shan womens KFS kickboxing, self-defence, fitness class provides a fun, safe and friendly environment where women can feel at ease and learn at their own pace.  This class is run by Lisa and Pat.

It’s a kick-butt, fun, aerobic, fitness martial arts class which is short, sharp and action packed full of fun, backed by great music! It will bring you confidence, an ability to defend yourself if ever needed, burn off those calories. All the time you’ll be building self-esteem and more importantly having loads of fun!

Want to look and feel better. Book now for your 1st free class.

Contact 0410 859 775


Kids Martial Arts Classes

Tugra Shan Martial Arts provides a fun, safe and friendly environment where kids can feel at ease and learn martial arts at their own pace.  We are a family-oriented club and teach children (4 years +), teens and adults in an inclusive and supportive environment.  We aim to nurture all our students to help them excel. Kids learn self-defence, kickboxing, karate, jujitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They build self-esteem, confidence, respect, self-discipline, focus  and concentration and have fun.

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FAQ’s – Mixed Martial Arts

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What age groups do you offer classes for?

Tugra Shan offers martial arts classes for all ages from 4 upwards. We have a complete range of students with some of our older students being aged 70+.

What types of martial arts do you teach at your academy?

As a mixed martial arts club training includes Karate, Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kick Boxing and Self-Defence.

Are your martial arts classes suitable for beginners?

Yes, our classes are suitable for beginners through to advanced. All training and moves will be modified to suit your experience level so you can gradually build your skills and confidence.

What are the benefits of martial arts for kids and adults?

Martial arts offer numerous benefits, such as improved physical fitness, increased self-discipline, self-defence skills, enhanced focus and concentration, stress relief, and increased self-confidence.

How do I enrol my child/adult self in a martial arts class?

Simply sign up for a free trial martial class here and one of our friendly team will talk you through the whole process. It’s quick and easy with minimal paperwork.

How long are the martial arts classes?

All junior classes run for one hour and adult classes run for between one to two hours. Check out our class times here.

What should I wear to a martial arts class?

We will provide a martial arts uniform as part of your membership fee. However, if it is your first time, please wear loose clothing like track pants or shorts and a T-shirt.

Are there separate classes for kids and adults, or are they mixed?

Junior classes run separately from adult classes, there are no mixed classes.

Can I observe a class before enrolling?

Yes absolutely, but we would encourage you to take part in a free martial arts class, which you can book here.

Are there any trial martial arts classes available?

Yes, you can book your free trial class here.

What do martial arts classes cost?

Our martial arts class fees are competitively priced at affordable monthly fees for unlimited weekly training in all of our classes

Do you offer any discounts for families or multiple classes?

Yes, we offer generous discounts for families and your fees include up to 3 training classes per week.

Is there a belt or ranking system for students?

Yes, we offer regular belt gradings.

Are there any additional training opportunities or events for students?

Yes, students can undertake private lessons at highly competitive prices. You do not need to be a student at the club to access private tuition.

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Martial Arts Academy testimonial

Kancho John personifies the attributes of martial arts we would like our kids to emulate – humble, respectful, determined, strong centred balanced leaders. He is an amazing teacher with a very impressive amount of martial arts knowledge & skill. Every session is different which keeps my son & I always keen to return for more. Kancho John’s knowledge & way of teaching is second to none. To be able to teach all different ages & skill levels at the same time is amazing!

Jonathan Breach

Martial Arts Academy testimonial

Kancho John Alford doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. He motivates his students to succeed, not just in martial arts, but in everyday life. I find him to be inspirational. He is passionate, knowledgeable, dedicated, caring and brings out the best in all his students. The club has a family-friendly environment, and everyone always leaves smiling. I highly recommend Tugra Shan Martial Arts for beginners to advanced students.

Michael Day

Martial Arts Academy testimonial

Tugra Shan Martial Arts has taught our boy confidence & self-defence. It’s changed his whole attitude towards life!! He now controls his emotions & anger, knows respect and to not give up, and doesn’t slip into old habits!! Thank you Kancho John you’re a great role model for students. 5 stars rating – Tugra Shan Martial Arts Academy is a fantastic Martial Arts school. Kancho John is knowledgeable, passionate, caring, calm & has his students’ best interests at heart. Kancho John is an excellent teacher with great experience and insight and a great understanding of self-defence techniques through his many years of study. He really cares about his students.


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Highly recommend Tugra Shan Martial Arts. My daughter has grown so much in confidence since joining the club 3 years ago. John is an extremely passionate teacher who cares about the progress of his students. Very supportive environment where students help each other (especially higher belts guiding new students).

Pete Van Dyk

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My boys love going to Martial Arts so much that they attend all 3 classes every week. John shows he genuinely cares for the students and is truly passionate about what he teaches. Would recommend his club to everyone.


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My 3 boys joined earlier this year and they love it! Amazing club and top class teachers who respect both students and parents. Highly recommended.